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Brazil's foward Neymar (C) vies for the ball with El Salvador's defenders Alexander Mendoza (L) and Roberto Dominguez (R) during the international friendly match between El Salvador and Brazil at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland on September 11, 2018. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Neymar has blasted referee Jair Marrufo for showing him and his Brazil side “a lack of respect” when he booked the Paris Saint-Germain star in the Selecao’s 5-0 friendly victory over El Salvador on Tuesday. 

Per Globo Esporte (h/t Mark Jones of the Mirror), Neymar believes it was his reputation that saw him pick up a caution when he went over in the penalty box just before half-time:

I do not know what I have to do to live with it [this reputation], there’s no way I’m going to stand for a situation like this. I think it has to end. But it’s not up to me, so much that I did not say anything, I went on with my football.

It’s a lack of respect, not just with me, but with my team-mates as well. Playing with a yellow card is tricky. The guy comes here to officiate a Brazilian national team match, which is a very big selection, and he does that. … I don’t think it is correct.

If he does not want to give the penalty, it’s not a problem, but the card is unnecessary.


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